There has been a lot of bear action in the last few days at the NABC, and "Taught" and "Pooch" have been capturing in good videos.
On the 15th, with mating season around the corner, Holly challenged Tasha in Tasha’s den as shown in this 2½-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqWE2xOm2mY The next day, Holly intensely scent-marked the area, doing very pronounced stomp-walking and then rubbing her scent on a tree https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YxTa3X7Kck
Also on the 16th, Lucky did an intense check of Tasha’s den in this 3-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hex6ieveIBg I wonder what he was smelling. Later that day, he took a bath and really seemed to enjoy washing away winter in this 5-minute video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZpcnAT3lBc
A couple days later, Chucky scratched away winter, maybe showing us a bit of what made Lucky take his vigorous bath. I don’t know if woodchucks take baths like that. Chucky just settled for a good scratch in this 2-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM9PYsJcaRs
Also on the 18th, Tasha said it was time for her bath in this 5½-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFKyxDBD9oA
On the 21st, Chucky took center stage in this 4-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFkIwFrcA2U Chucky extended the use of the bedding Tasha gathered for her den by gathering mouthful after mouthful and moving to her burrow. I say ‘her,’ for Chucky, thinking that she is providing bedding for babies. I hope we will see a family of woodchucks growing up with Chucky caring for them. Here at the WRI, the mother woodchuck carried a baby from the burrow systen under the boiler shed to the burrow systen under the garage 20-30 feet away.
Today, was Volunteer Appreciation Day with two Bear Center broadcasts saying how much we appreciate and depend on volunteers for so much as is shown in these 2 half-hour videos.
At the den cam, Spanky seems to have faded away. I’m waiting for word on when he was last seen in the area.
I love spring and all that happens now.
Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center
Wildlife Research Institute
145 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731 USA